Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara Review

Clinique has introduced a Bottom Lash mascara - a tiny tube priced at $12 CDN and available wherever Clinique products are sold. I picked up a tube to try it.

My lower lashes are quite long and generous naturally. They're both a boon and a bother - when I want big doll's eyes or to play up a 60s effect, I use mascara on them but when I don't want them to be so obvious, well, there's not much I can do. I kind of always have Bambi eyes. Using a regular mascara wand on my lower lashes can be difficult. Clumps are difficult to avoid and the brushes are large so you get splotches of mascara on your skin. It's also tough to get to every little lash with a regular sized mascara wand.

Clinique's Bottom Lash Mascara comes in two colours - black and brown (I always wear black) and the tube and wand are both TINY. See what I mean?

Top: Benefit Bad Gal Lash
Middle: Maybelline Great Lash Mascara in Blackest Black
Bottom: Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara

Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara Wand close-up
Clinique's Bottom Lash Mascara Wand photographed next to Maybelline's  Great Lash Mascara Wand
The tiny brush gets me a little excited, I must admit. I've found one tiny mascara wand before and I actually kept it after the mascara was finished. I use it every once and awhile. No matter how many bristles regular sized wands have, they're not going to get at every tiny lash without making a pretty major mess. 

Here I am wearing Bad Gal mascara on my top lashes and on my right eye, Clinque Bottom Lash Mascara. On my left eye, I'm wearing no mascara on my lower lashes. See the difference?

Left: With Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara.
Right: Without mascara.
The wand isn't the only thing about Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara that makes it ideal for getting at those tiny lower lashes. The mascara formula is designed to resist smudging (a problem with wearing regular mascara on your lower lashes) - sweat, tears and humidity do not affect it. 

Close-up of eye without mascara on the lower lashes.

Close-up of eye with Clinique Lower Lash Mascara

I like that this mascara adds a bit of definition to my lower lashes and is nicely lengthening. It's quite natural looking. 

I've worn it a number of times and it's very easy to apply and wear. I haven't experienced any smudging whatsoever. The only negative comment I have is that it's difficult to remove. Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara is waterproof in cold water but I'd say it was almost water resistant in warm water with cleanser. I wash my face as usual and there's always a few lashes with mascara clinging to them after I rinse. Apparently, the solution is to take a cotton pad soaked in warm water and hold it against the lashes for a few moments. This will help to loosen it so it'll wash right away.

If you have delicate, wispy lashes on your top lids, I don't see why this wouldn't be a perfectly good mascara for you to use. The formula works well and the brush gets to every little lash - it may take a little longer to apply but I'm guessing this would work well for someone who finds regular mascara too heavy or too messy.

Have you tried Clinique's Bottom Lash Mascara? What do you think? Tell us!


1 comment:

  1. I love this small applicator!
    I have long wispy upper lashes and when I use it on my upper lashes, I get a soft lash look.
    My lashes look long, but not lush. Good for weekend day look.
    Fun and easy to use.